Practice Transformation Institute believes in empowering people to take an active role in self-management of their health. Evidence-based programs such as PATH and A Matter of Balance workshops are a great way to acquire new skills to help control and manage conditions, and avoid disabling complications of illness and the aging process. Classes and peer support allow interaction and learning from one another in a group environment.
What is PATH? PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is Michigan’s name for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP.) The CDSMP focuses on problems common to people with a variety of health conditions. There is also a Diabetic Self-Management Program we call Diabetes PATH for the day-to-day management of diabetes.
These interactive and enjoyable workshops were developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn techniques and strategies to help manage their ongoing health condition. Two trained leaders conduct six different sessions over a two and a half hour period. Two of the important items that class participants learn in both workshops are action planning, based on their goals, and problem solving.
Other sessions for PATH include:
· Dealing with not feeling well
· Communicating with health care providers, family members and friends
· Relaxing and overcoming stress, fear, pain, frustration and depression
· Increasing energy and reducing fatigue
· Staying independent
Diabetes PATH includes the above plus:
· Avoiding the complications of diabetes
· Strategies for sick days
· Meal planning and healthy eating
· Preventing low blood sugar
· Learning about the importance of good foot care
What is A Matter of Balance? This national recognized program was developed at Boston University to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Many older adults have an ongoing fear of falling. This may cause them to limit their activities which, in turn, make them physically weaker and an even greater fall risk. A Matter of Balance has small group sessions that meet eight times for two hours and are led by a trained facilitator.
Participants learn how to:
· View falls as controllable
· Set realistic goals to increase activity
· Make changes in their home environment to reduce risk
· Increase strength and balance with exercise
Anyone who is concerned about falls, has fallen in the past, has restricted their activities due to falling concerns or is interested in improving their balance, flexibility and strength should attend this fun and interactive workshop.